North & Central Asia Travel Tours & Trips

Ateshgah Fire Temple
Baku
Caucasus Mountains
Qobustan
Khiva's thousands of years of history
Sentab village - guesthouse stay in a UN Development Program project in the Nuratau-Kyzylkum Biosphere Reserve
The Chashma beneath the fortress of Alexander the Great in Nurata
Central Asia’s holiest city - UNESCO World Heritage-listed Bukhara
Bukhara
Chorsu Bazaar of Tashkent - one of the largest and oldest farmers' markets in Central Asia
  • Trips & tours in North & Central Asia

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    From US $3555

    Japan Sushi to Sake - 12 days

    Becoming a sushi chef, or itamae, as they're known in Japan, is no mean feat. An apprentice must work for four to five years under the supervision of a...
    Countries visited: Japan
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    From US $10175

    Silk Road & Pamir Adventure - 41 days

    The artworks found in the Magao Caves rate among the oldest and most alluring ancient Buddhist pieces in the world – some of them dating back 1000...
    Countries visited: China, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan
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    From US $9285

    Grand Silk Explorer - 38 days

    According to local legend, in the planning stages of the Jiayu Pass an official asked how many bricks would be needed. 99,999 the designer answered. When the...
    Countries visited: China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan
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    From US $3445

    Kyrgyzstan Explored - 14 days

    A beautiful emblem of Kyrgyz life, the shyrdak is an intricately decorated woollen carpet made using traditional methods that have been passed down from mother...
    Countries visited: China, Kyrgyzstan
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    From US $2960

    Turkmenistan Discoverer - 9 days

    In the middle of the Karakum Desert lies one of the earth’s strangest oddities – the Door to Hell. It looks as the name suggests – a...
    Countries visited: Turkmenistan
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    From US $3575

    Tajikistan Discovery - 15 days

    The Wakhan Valley is a land of extremes. Below the spectacular peaks of the Pamir and Hindu Kush ranges, the Ismaili Muslim locals live hard lives as...
    Countries visited: Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan
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    From US $2270

    Jewels of Uzbekistan - 12 days

    Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva: home to desert caravans, ancient fortresses and dazzling bazaars. Persian heritage is embraced in Uzbekistan and untouched...
    Countries visited: Uzbekistan
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    From US $4515

    South Korea Explored - 10 days

    The 7th century Buseoska Temple is one of the oldest wooden buildings still standing in South Korea. Its name, meaning ‘floating stone’, derives...
    Countries visited: South Korea
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    From US $8735

    Best of China & Mongolia - 24 days

    One could spend hours staring at the faces of the Terracotta Warriors – each with their own individual expression. This silent army of thousands has...
    Countries visited: China, Mongolia
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    From US $3760

    Mongolia Experience - 11 days

    One glimpse of Bayanzag, set against the Gobi Desert skyline, makes it easy to see why these blazing sandstone bluffs were named the 'Flaming Cliffs'....
    Countries visited: Mongolia
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  • Why we love North & Central Asia

    • For a few thousand years, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan were the true centres of the world, where East quite literally met West
    • The cities of Tashkent, Bishkek and Samarkand drip with the stories of conquest, wealth and trade
    • Take a yak safari through lush green hills and watch an eagle-hunting contest in Mongolia
    • Enjoy a cold beer while lying on your Turkish sunbed in the Lyabi Hauz in Bukhara. This plaza was built in 1620 around a courtyard and pool shaded by mulberry trees

    Safety information

    Your safety is our top priority. It’s one of the main things we consider when designing and operating our trips. Here’s some of the ways we help to keep you safe, and a few of the things you can do to make your trip memorable for all the right reasons. Before you travel We monitor travel alerts provided by the Australian, UK, USA and Canadian governments on a daily basis. Before a tour goes on sale we assess any risks and decide how to reduce and manage these. If we determine that an entire trip, part of a trip or an activity is too risky we won’t do it. It’s as simple as that. If we can’t address the issues and improve conditions we might modify an itinerary, change the accommodation or even decide not to travel to a certain location. Our overseas staff and local leaders are trained to address any health and safety concerns during trips. Before you travel, we’ll give you an emergency phone number. You’ll also get comprehensive pre-departure information, with information about vaccinations and other relevant health issues. We’ll also tell you if there’s any special clothing or equipment you need to bring. During your trip: You local leader is trained in first aid and always carries a first aid kit. Being a local means that if something does go wrong they know fastest and most effective way to get help. We’ll also give you a 24-hour emergency number in addition to the emergency destination telephone number. What you can do: Read through all the information we send you. If you’ve got any questions we’re always available to help. Keep an eye out for travel alerts by consulting your local Foreign Office. We also monitor these daily so that we can modify tours if necessary. Get some medical travel advice about the countries you are visiting, particularly about vaccinations and the type of personal first aid kit you should carry. Make sure you tell us any medical conditions, special needs or dietary requirements you might have. Get your vaccinations and take relevant medication well before travelling so they have time to take effect.

  • From our Blog

    Turkmenistan: the enigmatic jewel of Central Asia

    Turkmenistan is sort of Central Asia’s North Korea, which isn’t a slogan any tourism board would be rushing into print, but let us explain.

    Locked away from the world since independence from the USSR in 1990, the country’s first two decades were dominated by the eccentric late dictator ‘...

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    Lights, camera, travel: 7 iconic film sets you should visit this year

    By James Shackell

    “There’s no place like home,” Judy Garland says in the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz, before clicking her heels and picturing sleepy Kansas. And while these words are enshrined in cinema history, we think Dorothy might have had a different approach to travel if she’d seen...

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    The sense of adventure: 4 fantastic treks in Asia

    Asia is incredibly diverse in its landscape and topography – from volcanic ranges and snowy peaks to sun drenched beaches and tropical rainforests.  It’s also home to some of the best, most rewarding and scenic treks the world has to offer.

    Here are four of our favourites.

    Wilson Trail...

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    An insight into Uzbek culture

    Uzbekistan is a jewel in Central Asia’s crown. Abundant with culture and natural resources, the country serves as a perfect example of the region’s enigmatic allure. Home to three of the most incredible cities in Central Asia – Samarkand, Khiva and Bukhara – Uzbekistan also plays host to the type of...

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    South Korea's great outdoors

    When you think of South Korea, it's generally images of the bustling metropolis of Seoul that spring to mind. But we want to change that.

    To us, South Korea is a country full of surprises, dotted with misty mountains, unspoiled fishing ports, bustling markets and sleepy country villages. Take a...

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  • Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments

    Secrets of Central Asia

    Steve and Penny - Australia, 23 May, 2013
    5
    Overall Rating

    It was a great trip. We saw such interesting and different places and met lovely people. We experienced very different cultures and environments from our own. Would recommend it.

    Jewels of Uzbekistan

    Bradley - United States, 28 Apr, 2013
    5
    Overall Rating

    Overall, the tour was very comfortable, with no major mishaps. The structure of the tour was ideal: the tourist cities alternated with glimpses of the countryside. I think that was absolutely the right choice for the itinerary. Indeed, my favorite memories may be of the countryside, rather than the cities I had come to see.

    Japan Revealed

    Gloria - Japan, 23 Mar, 2013
    5
    Overall Rating

    Excellent tour guide, unbelievable experience, far exceeded our expectations. Additional guides for several guided tours around the locations.

    Japan Revealed

    Christine - Canada, 15 Sep, 2012
    5
    Overall Rating

    Taiyo, our guide was FANTASTIC! Was patient with us and answered all our questions. We even had fun finding the names of some of the foods we were trying. Great tips on shopping locations for some items we were looking for and communicating our needs to the shop owners. Enjoyed the traditional B&Bs the most and especially the temple night. Mediation lessons with the monks was instructive and helpful. Wished we could have spent an another night there. Lots of walking on this trip plus LOTS of steps and transportation exchanging. If you are not prepared for lots of walking and being responsbile to carry or handle your own luggage, I would not not recommend this trip. Otherwise a fantastic trip and one I planning to repeat in 2015.

    Jewels of Uzbekistan

    Garth - Australia, 29 Apr, 2012
    5
    Overall Rating

    We had a wonderful time. The group was very friendly. The tour guide excellent. I do have one concern about the tour route. We traveled from Khiva via some desert forts and a yurt camp to Bukhara. The road was in very poor condition and we averaged about 35kmph. I would suggest if possible flying over this section. We could visit a closer yurt camp to Khiva - one was nearby with better facilities - and then either fly or train to Bukhara. The 10 hour spent in the bus was a thorough waste of time.

    Japan Revealed

    Meryl - Australia, 15 Sep, 2012
    4
    Overall Rating

    I loved the mix of temples, cities and landscapes on this tour. Like previous Peregrine tours I have done, it caters for travellers who do not expect to be carted everywhere in a bus and stay in 4 star hotels. Some of the older people on my tour (over 80 years) found the accommodation unsuitable and they were also struggling with the amount of walking required when sight-seeing. The itinerary on Peregrines website should make this clear.

    Japan Revealed

    Andrew - New Zealand, 15 Sep, 2012
    4
    Overall Rating

    Public transport was used almost exclusively. This was great for seeing the country up close and engaging with the Japanese people who were great, helpful and very honest. The only negative about the tour was that it involved far more walking than I had been lead to believe. This was not a problem for the younger members of the tour but was defintely a problem for the seniors. The brochure descibes the grade as "Culture" which page 11 of the brochure descibes as "There may be a little walking". Well there was more than "a little walking". In some cases we had to walk a mile of more just to see a temple, shrine or castle. I did appreciate staying in a Buddist temple and Ryukans as I expreinced Japanese Culture.

    Japan Revealed

    Kieran - Australia, 20 Oct, 2012
    5
    Overall Rating

    People i toured with didn't know there is walking in this trip I did I enjoyed. The tour guide was excellent Akemi worked hard to make everybody happy and friendly I had a great tour enjoyed every minute of it Japan has so much wonders the land,castles,monks,temples and the people of Japan very helpful

    Japan Revealed

    Joseph - United States, 20 Oct, 2012
    5
    Overall Rating

    I had hoped to get into real mountains, but we stayed mostly in the foothills.

    Japan Revealed

    Robert and Sharyn - Australia, 5 May, 2012
    5
    Overall Rating

    Our guide, Taiyo Iwanaga, was totally professional, knowledgable and friendly. He made sure to first find out what our special interests were ( gardens, culture, temples) and then made sure we had every opportunity to experience these.
    He was an outstanding guide who did everything in his power to make sure we had a truly memorable trip. I can't recommend Taiyo highly enough.

    Japan Revealed

    Adele - Australia, 24 Mar, 2012
    5
    Overall Rating

    Just when we thought we had seen the best that Japan had to offer, another attraction left us speechless!

    Jewels of Uzbekistan

    Shinichi - United Kingdom, 29 Apr, 2012
    5
    Overall Rating

    A person sat next to me on my flight back
    was on another tour with nearly identical itinerary. Looks like we both rated respective tour 'excellent'. Good destination.

    Japan Revealed

    Janice and Richard - Japan, 17 Sep, 2011
    5
    Overall Rating

    We thought our trip was great! We went to all the places we wanted to and lots of others that we didn't know about as well. While the trip information is good, we had no real idea about how much walking we would be doing. While we managed, there were days when the going got tough! Hotter weather than we expected due to the typhoon didn't help. Everyone else in our group agreed on that. We also feel that we spent quite a bit more than expected as the 'optional' extras really arent'!! You wouldn't go to Japan and NOT do those things. Also the chance to send the luggage to the next destination while carrying a backpack for an overnight stop was a great way to do things there was the added cost. Again, we were only too happy to do it the easy way - travelling with bags when making so many train changes etc would have been a struggle. All up - a fantastic place to go!

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